Presidential Office Building, Taipei

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Architecture lovers and politics buffs will enjoy seeing Presidential Office Building--the tallest structure in Taiwan at the time of its construction. Completed in 1919, the building initially acted as the seat of the colonial government. After damage sustained in World War II bombings, Chen Yi restored the edifice to its former glory and it later became the presidential office in 1950. Though the structure faces east, giving it excellent views of Shishou Mountain, visitors can only view it from outside. Stop by to admire the historic building and snap a few photos. Work out when and for how long to visit Presidential Office Building and other Taipei attractions using our handy Taipei trip planner .
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  • It always felt that the president's office was a very serious place (now, of course), but after many years it had a deeper understanding of it. Every friend who visits Taipei always takes them to the door and recognizes the center of power
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  • Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and I walk in. Just 17:15 guard Abby... and not because the last shift closing ceremony? I want to encounter. During that time, the front door was closed. Symphonic Band (? ) And were the same. Next time you want to visit take a look at.
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  • Lovely colonial architecture, within walking distance of a large shopping district and the 228 Memorial Park. Light guard presence, but they are heavily armed and do glare at passerby quite menacingly...  more »
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  • Presidential Office Building The Presidential Office Building was built during the Japanese colonial period to house the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan. An architectural design contest inviting architects to submit construction specifications was held in two stages in 1906 and 1910. Eventually, the work designed by Uheiji Nagano was partly adopted, but Matsunosuke Moriyama produced the final design by taking Uheiji Nagano’s work and modifying it. In Moriyama's design, the central tower was heightened and the locations for the two side entrances were altered. Construction began on the building in 1912. The entire building was completed in 1919. During the Second World War, the building suffered heavy bombing from the Allied Powers. The central guard tower at the main entrance and part of the exterior walls were severely damaged. Fires raging in the building destroyed its roof and exterior. After the war, extensive work was undertaken to repair the damage and the building temporarily served as the administration hall for the Taiwan Provincial Government. In 1950, the building became the Office of the President. The building was built in a late-Renaissance style, influenced by the English architect Norman Shaw and referred to as "the Tatsuno specifications”. With its decorative red-and-white horizontal bands, the building featured classical elements such as porticos, pediments and gables, vaulted windows, oeil-de-boeuf windows, brackets, and colonnades. The ground plan of the building introduced a double courtyard layout in reference to the Chinese character "日." In fact, the layout was chosen for its strong earthquake resistance. The east, south, and west sides of the building have balconies to accommodate climatic characteristics in the subtropical zone, while the northern side does not since it receives much less sunlight. This large and magnificent building representing the evolution of Taiwan's modern history has borne witness to Taiwan's political and economic development and has become an important landmark in Taipei city.
  • Beautiful place must come when visit Taiwan, i went here in afternoon and took this photo.
  • We went here for the free guided tour offered on weekday mornings. The line for the tour is at the back of the building, at the intersection of Bo’ai and Baoqing Roads. We stood in line for about half an hour and then went through an airport-style security check. The security personnel were courteous and helpful. You can carry your bags with you or use the lockers provided. The usual rules apply - photos without flash, be mindful of off-limits areas. There are English-speaking guides for those who do not speak Chinese. The exhibits are all housed at the ground floor. They offer a glimpse of the life of the young nation’s presidents and showcase the country’s achievements, aspirations, and democratic ideals. There is a small exhibition full of beautiful photos of the island and its people. After the tour, you can go to the gift shop for souvenirs and postcards, which you can send by mail at the in-house post office. We stayed for 1.5 hours. If you want more Taiwanese politics, visit the nearby Presidential and Vice Presidential Artifacts Museum at the intersection of Changsha and Bo’ai Roads. The museum provides an in-depth look at the role and political life of the country’s top two leaders and the history of elections in Taiwan.
  • I love you Taiwan. Stay free, stay awesome, let's keep making this world better ❤️ so much love from free Chinese people❤️
  • An impressive building from the Japanese colonial period. Usually, you can enter weekday mornings, however it's also possible to enter during a few select weekends when more of the building is accessible and you can take pictures. Most of what you can look round is a museum, but there's not that much in the way of English explanation.

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